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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (18 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340820551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340820551
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Surprisingly teasing...visual, well-paced thriller. (Daily Mirror)

A piece of absolutely terrifying writing...This is crime's most compelling,chilling book ever. (North Wales Chronicle)

This is a clever piece of aggressively threatening, horrific literature. Cunning crime writing at its best (Bangor Chronicle)

Just what British crime writing is crying out for - a compassionate, grass roots British novel with the pace, energy and impeccable research of an American thriller (Mo Hayder on Darkness Falls)

Makes Margaret Murphy a mistress of psychological novels. (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

A skilfully plotted story with strongly drawn characters. (Sunday Telegraph)

Menacing psychological thriller with a clever plot. (Glasgow Evening Times)

Margaret Murphy has managed to produce another outstanding psychological thriller...Darkness Falls is a powerful work...Readers of her previous work should certainly not be disappointed,whilst those fresh to her output will find this book provides an enticing introduction. (Sherlock)

Exemplary chiller...If Murphy's appointed task is to scare the reader...she succeeds brilliantly. (Literary Review)

Darkness Falls is a model of what the modern suspense thriller should be -- tense, scary, page-turning and stomach-churning -- because we care most of all about what happens to the characters. Set aside a day -- you won't be able to put it down once it has you in its grip. (Val McDermid)

Dark, gripping, horrific crime tale. (The Bookseller)

Absorbing and unpredictable (Manchester Evening News)

Ms Murphy handles her complex plot with a sure hand and brings it to a stunning climax (Sunday Telegraph)

Murphy's excellent books are all concerned with the psychology of both the violent criminal and the victim of crime, and the new book will add lustre to her reputation. (Crime Time on Weaving Shadows)

...gripping storytelling. (Dublin Evening Herald)

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A gripping tale of psychological suspense from a fast growing author

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "daniel_sellers" on 4 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have just read Weaving Shadows while on holiday. Wow!
For those readers who enjoyed the fabulous Darkness Falls, this one is even better. The way Murphy has brought the characters forward from that novel is masterful - building them as people, giving tantalising hints at the devastating events of the past, and embroiling them in a credible, powerful, sometimes shocking new story.
As a sequel it works brilliantly, but it could easily be read on its own. Having said that, anyone who hasn't read Darkness Falls will surely want to get hold of a copy on the back of Weaving Shadows! (Indeed, any of Murphy's previous novels are well worth a read.)
As a crime novel it's excellent - I like to think I'm good at guessing twists, but I was shocked at the ending, which seems so horribly inevitable ...
Really excellent. I am in awe!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A well-plotted, suspenseful legal thriller 4 Sept. 2005
By Roy E. Perry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Murphy, who lives on the Wirral Peninsula in Wales, is the author of six previous novels: Goodnight, My Angel; The Desire of the Moth; Caging the Tiger, Past Reason, Dying Embers, and Darkness Falls.

In Darkness Falls (2004), Murphy tells the harrowing story of the kidnap and rape of British barrister Clara Pascal, a brilliant criminal lawyer. Now, in Weaving Shadows, Murphy writes a murder mystery in which Pascal, suffering from claustrophobia, terrifying dreams, waves of nausea, and panic attacks, struggles to reenter the quotidian world destroyed by her abduction.

Set in the town of Chester, Cheshire, Wales, Weaving Shadows tells the story of Pascal's defense of Ian Clemence, who is accused of the brutal murder of Amy Dennis. Clemence has only recently been released from prison, after serving 12 years for the murder of his girlfriend, Vicky Rees. All the evidence in the Amy Dennis murder case points against Clemence, who is the perfect fall guy for a set-up.

Michaela "Mitch" O'Connor has been trying to help Pascal resume her life as a lawyer by feeding her cases that are less threatening than murder trials, such as a child custody case in which Pascal represents Chris and Diane Tobin.

More and more, however, Pascal becomes involved in the Ian Clemence case, and slowly becomes convinced that Clemence is innocent--that he has been framed by someone involved in a criminal conspiracy in the Dee View Development Project, a multi-million pound development.

One is not surprised that Pascal, by doggedly pursuing clues to establish Clemence's innocence, puts her own life at risk. The irrational dark threatens to engulf Pascal, as in the damp cellar of her confinement, One is surprised, however, when the identity of Amy Dennis' killer is revealed. The author caught me completely off guard.

A suspenseful legal thriller, Weaving Shadows is skillfully plotted, with a frisson of nervous energy and mounting tension. Murphy also is convincing in her description of interpersonal relationships, such as that between Clara Pascal and her husband Hugo and their daughter Pippa. Clara's neurotic condition following in the wake of her kidnapping and rape have not been easy of the Pascal family.

One criticism is in order. This book has a large amount of "Britishisms" that are annoying. Before this book was published in the United States, a translator was needed to change "British English" into "American English." Although one can usually tell from the context what these words mean, their oddity will be distracting to American readers.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
terrific British legal thriller 29 Jun. 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nine months have passed since London barrister Clara Pascal was abducted (see DARKNESS FALLS), but she still suffers from stress. Her husband and their daughter are losing patience with her fears and she suffers from a panic attack when she tries to enter criminal court. That is why she switched to family law with her friend, Michelle "Mitch" O'Connor providing her with a job in her family law practice.

Clara meets clients, Chris and Diane Tobin on a custody case. Chris explains he had an affair with a friend, who became pregnant and gave birth to Helen. The couple had visitation rights to see Helen, but the mother recently died so they want permanent custody. On the surface he being the father should make for an easy brief, but the Tobins only provide the tip of the iceberg to Claire. At the same time, another family friend, a single mother, who was Chris' lover, has been found dead. The police find evidence that ties Ian Clemence, a convicted murderer just freed, to the victim, but Claire begins to wonder whether the cops target the right man as she wonders about her client.

This British legal thriller is a terrific sequel that follows up on the aftermath of the events that occurred to Clara in DARKNESS FALLS. The story line is action-packed, but clearly the characters, especially the beleaguered heroine trying to return to practicing law, make for an excellent tale. The police procedural elements are used to provide suspects especially Ian; Clara decides to represent him more for her sake than his though she fears entering a criminal court. Murphy's Law consists of developing great characters inside a great plot leads to a great novel.

Harriet Klausner
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